Martin Scorsese would still be a great director even he never made "Hugo" (2011), but his filmography would be short of a jewel. It's a film about a troubled orphan who follows his heart and dreams. His life intersects with the father of the art of cinema, Georges Melies (1861-1938), French illusionist and first film director.
It feels like a Christmas movie. It is warm, idealistic and safe. And it talks to the child inside you. The conversation is deep and noble. It echoed in me in the same way movies of Frank Capra did.
Do I have any objections? Not really. Actually, maybe just one: directing is too perfect. A little bit of "damage" here and there could increase the perception of the magical spices. But then, I am not sure I have the right to make this kind of suggestion. Can you trust the advice of somebody who eats honey with salt? Hmm.
And yes, I could feel this film in my nostrils. It smelled like a box of chocolates and pipe tobacco.